Erotic thriller

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The erotic thriller is a film and literary sub-genre which consists of a mixture between erotica and thriller.[1] The genre increased in North American popularity from the mid-1980s through the early 1990s, before declining in marketability.[2]

Notable erotic thrillers[edit]



  • Internal Affairs (1990)
  • Sleeping with the Enemy (1991)
  • Basic Instinct (1992)
  • Blown Away (1992)
  • Poison Ivy (1992)
  • Single White Female (1992)
  • Body of Evidence (1993)
  • Boxing Helena (1993)
  • The Crush (1993)
  • Sliver (1993)
  • Color of Night (1994)
  • The Last Seduction (1994)
  • Devil In a Blue Dress (1995)
  • Jade (1995)
  • Bound (1996)
  • Crash (1996) - A husband is in an open marriage. One day he is involved in a car accident in which the passenger in the other car is killed. While seeing the exposed breast of the surviving driver, they both get aroused and subsequently begin an affair, but one which involves recreating their experience in the smashed car.
  • Wild Things (1998) - A high school guidance counselor is accused of rape by two female students. It turns out that the three had been working and sleeping together, and planned to split the settlement money. A detective enters the plot to tell them that the male conspirator had already transferred the money to an off-shore account and one girl panics. The girls have sex, but nevertheless the other girl decides with the male conspirator to eliminate her. The detective kills the other female conspirator; and later it is revealed that the detective was working with the male conspirator.
  • Eyes Wide Shut (1999; although partly marketed as such, this film's status as an "erotic thriller" has been challenged. See Eyes Wide Shut genre and marketing)



See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Lundin, Leigh (2010-07-25). "Erotic Mystery Thrillers". sex-n-violence. Criminal Brief. 
  2. ^ Lambie, Ryan (2012-07-16). "The Rise and Fall of the Erotic Thriller". Den of Geek.